March 2015

NAPE raises red flag over blood collection changes

“The MLAs were also instructed to train the RNs on performing the blood collection — in essence, to train their replacements.” — Carol Furlong, NAPE President

St. John's (25 March 2015) — Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) President Carol Furlong is expressing her concern about a recent development at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s that is negatively affecting medical laboratory assistants, as well as violating the workers' collective agreement.

Moving beer and wine to grocery stores poses four troubling issues

“So privatization costs the government more; and this move with beer and wine sales will mean the government takes in less.  This is a strange approach in hard economic times." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.

Toronto (17 March 2015) — "The news that the government plans to introduce the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores is troubling in four very distinct ways," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE).

HSABC: Guarding Minds at Work

"We all need to do a good job taking care of ourselves, but that's not possible if employers aren't supportive. And while there is a growing recognition of the importance of mental health in the workplace, we still have a long way to go to establish practices to sustain mental health." — Val Avery, President Health Sciences Association of British Columbia

Majority of British Columbians prefers universal child care to tax credits for parents

“Politicians should recognize that working families face a crisis in accessing quality, affordable child care," says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith, who began her career as an Early Childhood Educator. "This polling shows that it’s time for political leaders to commit to a universal, accessible and publicly funded child care system."